Satin Bower Bird and Fledgeling
We arrived at Cunningham’s Gap just before sunrise (yawn!) and saw these amazing birds. The male was nearby, but kept his distance and always with leaves and branches between himself and my camera.
The startling colour of the eyes is as the picture came straight from the camera: they really are remarkable. In the pre-dawn light they appeared more violet than blue, but no less striking.
I would like to have found the nest: bower birds being collectors of things blue I’m sure it would have been an interesting find. But Cunningham’s Gap was the first stop on a long journey, and as it was, Mr BB had to rescue me from a leech which would have made a meal of me had it realised that my sheepskin boot it was latched on to was long dead.